Install Windows 7 and earlier on your Mac using Boot Camp

Learn about the general requirements to install Microsoft Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows using Boot Camp. Review the tables in this article to determine which Windows versions you can use with your Mac.

Before you begin

These instructions are for Windows 7 and earlier. Check the tables below to see if these versions of Windows work with your Mac:

  • Windows XP: Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 (Boot Camp 3)
  • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate, Service Pack 1 or later (Boot Camp 3)
  • Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5.1)

Newer Mac computers work with later versions of Windows. If you don't see your Mac listed below, refer to these articles instead:

Before you install Windows, you should start your Mac from OS X and check for software updates to make sure OS X and your computer's firmware are up to date.

System Requirements

To install Windows 7 and earlier using Boot Camp, you need the following:

  • An Internet connection
  • An administrator account in OS X to use Boot Camp Assistant
  • The keyboard and mouse or trackpad that came with your Mac (If they aren’t available, use a USB keyboard and mouse)
  • A minimum of 2 GB of RAM
  • 30 GB of free disk space is recommended if you're installing Windows for the first time, or 40 GB of free disk space if you are upgrading from a previous version of Windows
  • An authentic Microsoft Windows full install disc or ISO file
  • A built-in optical drive, or a compatible external optical drive is required if you're using an install disc
  • A 16 GB or larger USB storage device or drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install Windows Support software (drivers)

Perform a new install of Windows XP or Vista

Use these steps if you're installing Windows XP or Vista on your Mac for the first time.

  1. Check for software updates to make sure OS X, your Mac firmware, and Boot Camp Assistant are up to date.
  2. Use the tables at the end of this article to make sure you have a Mac that supports the version of Windows you're installing.
  3. Download the related Windows support software (drivers) linked in the table, or locate the OS X Install or Restore disc that came with your Mac if noted.
  4. Uncompress (unzip) the related download and place it on a USB flash drive that's formatted as FAT (MS-DOS). Leave this flash drive connected to your Mac during installation.
  5. Open Boot Camp Assistant from the Utilities folder (or use Spotlight to find it).
  6. Use Boot Camp Assistant to install a new copy of Windows. When you're prompted if you want to download drivers for Windows as part of installation, deselect this option. 
  7. After installation of Windows is done, your Mac starts up in Windows. From Windows, open the file "BootCamp.exe" on your USB flash drive or the install disc that came with your Mac. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the related drivers for your Mac.

Perform a new install of Windows 7

Use these steps if you're installing Windows 7 on your Mac for the first time.

  1. Start up your Mac in OS X.
  2. Use the tables at the end of this article to make sure you have a Mac that supports the version of Windows you're installing.
  3. If your copy of Windows 7 came on a DVD, create a disk image of the install disc for use with Boot Camp.
  4. Connect a 16 GB or larger USB flash drive that you can erase. Leave this flash drive connected to your Mac until Windows installation is finished.
  5. Open Boot Camp Assistant from the Utilities folder (or use Spotlight to find it) and click Continue.
  6. Select only the options to create a Windows install disk and to download the latest Windows support software from Apple. Then click Continue.

  7. Insert your Windows install disc, or choose your Windows installation ISO, then click Continue. Boot Camp erases your USB flash drive and prepares it for Windows installation. After the flash drive is prepared, close the Boot Camp Assistant window to quit the app.
  8. Use the tables at the end of this article to find the Windows support software (drivers) you need for the version of Windows and the Mac that you're using.
  9. Click the link in the table to download the related software.
  10. After the file downloads, double-click it from the Finder to decompress (unzip) it.
  11. Open the resulting folder. Locate the following files in this folder and drag them to your USB Flash drive. When prompted if you want to replace the existing items on the flash drive, click Yes.

    $WinPEDriver$ (folder)
    AutoUnattend.xml
    BootCamp (folder)

  12. Open Boot Camp Assistant again, then click Continue.
  13. Select only the option to "Install Windows… or later version."

  14. Click Install, then follow the onscreen prompts to repartition your drive and install Windows.
  15. When you complete the assistant, your Mac restarts to the Windows installer. When you're asked where you want to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition, then click Drive Options and format your Boot Camp partition.
  16. Follow the onscreen prompts to finish installing Windows.

Perform an upgrade install of Windows 7 or earlier

You can upgrade existing installations of Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7. You need at least 10 GB of free space on your Windows partition. 

  1. Start up your Mac in OS X.
  2. Use the tables at the end of this article to make sure you have a Mac that supports the version of Windows you're installing.
  3. Download the related Windows support software (drivers) linked in the table, or locate the OS X Install or Restore disc that came with your Mac if noted.
  4. Uncompress (unzip) the related download and place it on a USB flash drive that's formatted as FAT (MS-DOS). Leave this flash drive connected to your Mac during installation.
  5. Start your Mac from the version of Windows you currently have installed.
  6. Use the Windows installer to upgrade Windows.
  7. After installation of Windows is done, your Mac starts up in Windows. From Windows, open the file "BootCamp.exe" on your USB flash drive or the install disc that came with your Mac. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the related drivers for your Mac.

After driver installation is complete, log in to Windows to begin using it on your Mac.

Boot Camp requirements by Mac model

Different Mac computers work with different versions of Windows. If you don't know which Mac you have, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu. 

Each table entry includes one of these symbols or entries in each column. 

  • 4 or 5:  These link to the manual download for the related version of the Windows support software (drivers) you need to install Windows on your Mac.
  • DVD: For older Mac computers, Windows drivers are located on the Mac OS X installation DVD that came with your computer. 
  • Dash "-": This version of Windows is not supported on this Mac.

Newer Mac computers work with later versions of Windows. If you don't see your Mac listed below, refer to these articles instead:

MacBook Pro

Mac model Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit Windows Vista 64-bit Windows Vista 32-bit Windows XP 32-bit
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, Mid 2012)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Mid 2012)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Mid 2012)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Late 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Early 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Late 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Early 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Late 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Early 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Mid 2010)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Mid 2010)
5 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Mid 2010)
5 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Mid 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Mid 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Mid 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Early 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Late 2008)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Late 2008)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Early 2008)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Early 2008)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, 2.4 GHz)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
- - - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Core 2 Duo)
- - - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch)
- - - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Glossy)
- - - DVD DVD

MacBook Air

Mac model Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
MacBook Air
(13-inch, Early 2014)
5 - - - -
MacBook Air
(11-inch, Early 2014)
5 - - - -

MacBook Air
(13-inch, Mid 2013)

5 - - - -

MacBook Air
(11-inch, Mid 2013)

5 - - - -

MacBook Air
(13-inch, Mid 2012)

5 4 - - -
MacBook Air
(11-inch, Mid 2012)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Air
(13-inch, Mid 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Air
(11-inch, Mid 2011)
5 4 - - -
MacBook Air
(13-inch, Late 2010)
4 4 - - -
MacBook Air
(11-inch, Late 2010)
4 4 - - -
MacBook Air
(13-inch, Mid 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Air
(13-inch, Late 2008)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Air
(13-inch, Early 2008)
- 4 - DVD DVD

MacBook

Mac model Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
MacBook
(13-inch, Mid 2010)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Late 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Mid 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Early 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Early 2008)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Late 2007)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Mid 2007)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Late 2006)
- 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook
(13-inch, Mid 2006)
- - - DVD DVD

iMac

Mac model Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
iMac (Retina 5K,
27-inch, Late 2014)
5 - - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
5 - - - -
iMac
(27-inch, Late 2013)
5 - - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Late 2013)
5 - - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Early 2013)
5 - - - -
iMac
(27-inch, Late 2012)
5 - - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Late 2012)
5 - - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Late 2011)
5 4 - - -
iMac
(27-inch, Mid 2011)
5 4 - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
5 4 - - -
iMac
(27-inch, Mid 2010)
5 4 - - -
iMac
(21.5-inch, Mid 2010)
4 4 - - -
iMac
(27-inch, Late 2009)1
4 4 - - -
iMac
(27-inch, Late 2009)2
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
iMac
(21.5-inch, Late 2009)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD

iMac
(20-inch, Mid 2009)

- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(24-inch, Early 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(20-inch, Early 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(24-inch, Early 2008)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(20-inch, Early 2008)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(24-inch, Mid 2007)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(20-inch, Mid 2007)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(24-inch, Late 2006)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(17-inch, Late 2006, CD)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(20-inch, Late 2006)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(17-inch, Late 2006)
- 4 - DVD DVD
iMac
(17-inch, Mid 2006)
- - - DVD DVD
iMac
(17-inch, Early 2006)
- - - DVD DVD

1. Model identifier (ID): iMac11,1
2. Model identifier (ID): iMac10,1

To identify which iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) you have, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, click More Info, then click System Report. Look at the "Model Identifier" line.

Mac mini

Mac model Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
Mac mini
(Late 2014)
5 - - - -
Mac mini Server
(Late 2012)
5 - - - -
Mac mini
(Late 2012)
5 - - - -
Mac mini Server
(Mid 2011)
5 4 - - -
Mac mini
(Mid 2011)
5 4 - - -
Mac mini
(Mid 2010)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac mini
(Late 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
Mac mini
(Early 2009)
- 4 - DVD DVD
Mac mini
(Mid 2007)
- 4 - DVD DVD
Mac mini
(Early 2006)
- - - DVD DVD

Mac Pro

Mac model Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
Mac Pro
(Mid 2010)
5 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac Pro
(Early 2009)
5 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac Pro
(Early 2008)
4 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac Pro
(Early 2007)
- 4 - DVD -
Mac Pro
(Mid 2006)
- 4 - DVD -

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